Johan Bruyneel, team RadioShack’s manager, has announced on his Facebook page that Lance Armstrong will lead the team of seven at the Tour Down Under, which will take place January 17th through the 24th. Lance and his RadioShack teammates, Daryl Impey, Jason McCartney, Yaroslav Popovych, Sebastien Rosseler, Gert Steegmans, and Tomas Vaitkus will be at the event in South Australia. This will be Armstrong’s second appearance at the Tour Down Under after his return from retirement. His objectives this year will be the Tour of California, which takes place on May 16th through the 23rd, and the Tour de France, which takes place July 3rd through the 25th. Steegmans and Rossler have both appeared at the Tour Down Under before, while the others will be debuting….
With Cadel Evans going to BMC, Omega-Lotto has a gap to fill. It looks like they may have found their man in Roman Kreuziger. Kreuaiger finished 9th overall at the Tour de France this year. The 23-year-old also won the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse over the past two years. With Ivan Basso, from Kreuziger’s current team, Liquigas, expecting to return to the Tour in 2010, it would be a wise choice for Kreuziger to move to a team where he would have room to grow. Although Kreuziger is currently under contract with Liquigas, Omega-Lotto is prepared to pay extra money for the buy-out clause. Stay tuned for more info.
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In for 2010 is a collection inspired by the 2010 Amen Tour of Californian. The line consists of both official race jerseys and tees. Four of the 2010 race jerseys are available now, including the newly designed Amgen Leader Jersey, Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey, Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, and Herbalife Sprint Jersey. All shirts in the 2010 collection carrie a vintage racing appeal by incorporating earth color tones. The collection is not shipping until the 9th of December, but you can pre-order yours today. Check them out at the Amgen Tour of California website.
Team Raleigh, a new UK-based road racing team, has announced their 2010 team line-up. So far, the team features experienced riders such as Tom Barras, Dale Appleby, Liam Holohan, Daniel Shand, and James Stewart, with up-and-comers Michael Cummings and Richard Handley. German cyclist Julian Rammier and Australian Peter Smith are also joining the team under manager Chris Truett. Raleigh will be going back to their roots with the classic heron logo. They will also be running their first television ad campaign in over a decade.
Italian cyclist Ivan Basso will be returning to the Tour de France in 2010, four years after he left just before the tour and the beginning of Operacion Puerto. He will be co-captain of team Liquigas at the Giro d’Italia alongside Franco Pellizotti, and he will also be one of three leaders in July at the Tour. “I have the most experience of us for the Tour. Franco will not race for the classification and our two young guys will join me on the team. They will have more freedom if I am there with the big stars,” says Basso. He is just returning this year after two years of suspension due to the Operacion Puerto doping investigation.
Reports are leaking in the Spanish media that the 2010 Vuelta a Espana will be opening up with a team time trial in Sevilla on August 29th. The race will take place very late in the evening to avoid the heat of Andalucia. The course is 18km and will begin at 9pm, ending at 11pm. The route will be covering some beautiful landscape, starting at the Teatro Maestranza and ending at the Torre del Oro. The route will not officially be released until Thursday, but it is said that there will be up to six stages in the Andalucia region before going north. Check back often for updates about the 2010 Vuelta a Espana.
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